FINE ART I met Brian Persico at a recent Architectural Digest Design Show and was so impressed with his commitment to traditional techniques and fine design aesthetic in the creation of furniture, kitchen tools, even authenitic bows (as in bows and arrows). At his studio in the Catskills in upstate New York, a smattering of local natural materials are used in these simple, yet stunning, heirloom pieces. brianpersico.com
WORLDLY GOODS You know those unique pieces you pick on when you are on a trip? You can buy cool designs directly from local artisans around the world, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa through Discovered—without leaving your home. We found a bunch of lovely items that would liven up a party scene fo sure. You can even contact the creators directly to discuss creating a custom item. Best part, you’ll be supporting those in need by supplying a higher wage and keeping traditions alive. Hobnob’s favorite picks:
Mrinalika Jain specializes in traditional Indian hand-painted tea glasses, with handy carrying stand, plus teapots and painted trays. Our picks: Kitchen Kaushalam Tea Stand With Glasses and Handcrafted Kaushalam Teapot: Vibrant Blue.
Love VLiving’s wooden tray with lacquered frame, as well as the other items like colorful pillows, aprons, table runners.
A Krazy Mug features pretty turquoise tea cups and other items in super bright colors and whimsical patterns.
Prem Arts makes a hand painted fantasy bowl in bright pink, and other ceramics for the table and wall.
De Kulture Works makes a selection of copper bowls including this fruit platter.